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EAP636: Creating a digital archive of Indian Christian manuscripts

Portuguese rule in Goa bequeathed a vibrant Catholic community and a rich legacy of Christian texts in Indian vernacular languages. These texts remain scattered: in state or church archives or in private family collections, or worse, they are forgotten or lost in catalogued collections, remaining invisible to scholars and those interested in the history of Christianity in India. This accounts in part for the relative scholarly neglect of this religious tradition in India. In addition, this heritage of texts, dating back to the late sixteenth century, is in grave danger of being lost altogether due to uncertain archival conditions and poor preservation. The goal of this project is therefore two-pronged: firstly, to identify and locate Christian manuscripts in the Konkan region of Marāṭhi and Kōṅkaṇī in state, church, private institutional and family collections, and secondly to start digitising some Indian Christian texts.

The core of this project will be a textual tradition centred in what used to be the troublesome border province of Salcete in the old conquests in Goa, where the Jesuit order made a concerted effort to accommodate local cultural and literary traditions in Marāṭhi and Kōṅkaṇī. Collecting various versions of Christian manuscripts is imperative to gain a better understanding of the process of conversion to Catholicism in early modern India. While hitherto undocumented manuscripts are still to be found, previous independent efforts to locate and catalogue these manuscripts are an important basis for the project, such as those by Fr. Ivo Coelho documenting important primary and secondary sources for the history of Indian Christianity. The project will focus primarily on private, family and church collections.

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EAP636/4: Books and Manuscripts

A subset of the books and manuscripts available at the library of the Goa University. Permission to digitize was requested orally. Equipment was moved to the library building of the Goa University and digitization was executed there.

EAP636/4/6: As Gavetas da Torre do Tombo [1967]

Extent: 413 tiff files
Level: File
Scope and Content: "The book describes the cataloguing in the former Royal Archive. In each drawer there were kept documents relating to a particular subject of state, for which they were designated: charters, wills, treaties, judgments, among others. This nomenclature is now not used and the lockers are referenced by numbers. The book is part of the Pandurang Pissurlencar collection donated to the Goa University. This is the bulletin published by the Centro de Estudos Historicos Ultramarinos. VI (Gav. XVI-XVII, Macos 1.3). 802 pages. Bound book. Various Authors. Owner: Various Contributors. Centro de Estudos Historicos Ultramarinos"
Language(s) Portuguese
Script(s) Latin
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